July 28 – Meeting Celeb Chefs and Milk Chocolate Day

Hi everyone!

It’s been over 2 months since I posted but today really sparked something for me.  It’s going to be a little bit of a raw post, mostly talking about my passion about food but my photos are unedited because my fingers were literally tingling to write this.  It has been a day for the ages that’s for sure!

I started my morning off at the coffee shop as I do every Thursday morning.  All of a sudden I look outside and a coach bus rolls up.  I asked one of my regulars I see every Thursday “Are there a lot of people on that bus?” and she looks at me with huge eyes and says “yup”.  It’s not usually a big deal and we can handle a large group of people…when I have a helper.  I just took a deep breath and realized one of the first people off was a familiar employee of the Schwan Food Company which is headquartered in my hometown. I explained to them I was alone and if they are patient I would appreciate it.  They were all extremely pleasant of course and all of a sudden I turn around and standing there is Jet Tila.  If you don’t know who that is a quick google search will come up with a familiar judge on Food Network shows such as Cutthroat Kitchen, Chopped, and he was also named in 2013 the culinary ambassador to Thailand.  He’s one of my favorite celebrity chefs of all time! I was a super huge dork about it but he has a great sense of humor and even let me take a selfie with him!

Me with Jet Tila

Me with Jet Tila

I then discovered one of my new favorite YouTube personalities.  I suggest everyone check out Gemma Stafford on YouTube.  She runs a channel called “Bigger, Bolder, Baking” and I got some cantaloupes from a friend and I’m going to admit I’m not huge on them.  My mom loves them so I could have just given them to her but I wanted to spice it up a bit.  I was searching google when the recipe for her cantaloupe mint sorbet popped up.  It sounded delicious and even something that I could get down with.  I ended up making it and using these cute little containers I got from a local kitchen supply store.  You can find the recipe for the sorbet here! You should also go check out her YouTube channel.  She has tons of great recipes and an adorable accent also.  You can check out her channel here!

cantaloupe

Cantaloupe Mint Sorbet

I also wanted to bake something because I have had a bag of milk chocolate chips in my baking cabinet for about a month that I accidentally bought instead of semi-sweet for chocolate chip cookies.  I decided to make an english toffee type bar and they turned out really good.  I had some pecans and walnuts laying around and decided to use the pecans also.  I will post the recipe for you guys!

English Toffee Bars

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter (cold)
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips

Toffee Topping

  • 1/3 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the brown sugar together
  3. Add the butter and cut in with a fork or pastry blender until mixture resembles fine crumbs (it’s okay if there are still large chunks in there)
  4. Spread mixture in a 13×9 ungreased baking dish
  5. Sprinkle pecan halves on top of “crust”
  6. Make Toffee topping (Combine brown sugar and butter in a saucepan and stirring constantly bring to a boil.  Continue stirring until mixture boils, continue stirring and boil mixture for 30 seconds, use immediately)
  7. Pour topping over crust
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes until mixture is bubbly on the top
  9. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle top with chocolate chips and press lightly to secure them.
  10. Cool completely on a rack in the pan
  11. Cut and serve

I did manage to take a picture of one of these messy beauties.

englishtoffeebar

English Toffee Bars

Try them out they are so good and so easy.  It would be a good dessert for a pot luck for sure!  Tomorrow is National Chicken Wing Day so I’m going to try to get a post up for you guys tomorrow on the most basic chicken wing but my absolute favorite.  I’ll see you guys then!

 

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